Richard Stim

Attorney · University of San Francisco School of Law

Attorney Richard Stim specialized in small business, copyright, patents, and trademark issues at Nolo. He has authored many books, including Music Law: How to Run Your Band's Business; Patent, Copyright & Trademark: An Intellectual Property Desk Reference; and Profit From Your Idea. Stim regularly answers readers' intellectual property questions at his blog.

Articles By Richard Stim

How To Register Your Blog Name As a Trademark
Explanation for filing a federal trademark application for blog name.
Filing a Federal Trademark Application FAQ
Applying for a federal trademark has many complications. What are some of the basics of the process?
Getting a Patent on Your Own
To obtain a patent, you must ensure that your invention qualifies and then be able to describe it in your application.
Patent Searching Online
You have a great idea and want to make money from it. Getting a patent can help you do that. The first step in getting a patent for your invention (or determining if you even qualify for one) is finding out if someone else already has a patent for your idea. If your invention is already patented, then you are out of luck. The quickest and easiest way to find out is to do an online patent search.
Understanding U.S. Patent Application Process
There are several steps to obtaining a patent through the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
What Constitutes Acceptance of a Contract Offer?
When you click the "Place Your Order" button at, tell the cab driver where you want to go, or hand a $20 bill to the cashier at the movies, you are accepting an offer to enter into a contract. All of these actions--despite the lack of fanfare--communicate acceptance: an unconditional willingness
Breach of Contract: Anticipatory Breach (Repudiation)
When one party to a contract indicates--either through words or actions--that it's not going to perform its contract obligations, the other party can immediately claim a breach of contract. This is sometimes called an anticipatory repudiation (or breach) of contract.
Fair Use: What Is Transformative?
In determining fair use, what makes the use of a copyrighted work "transformative"?
How to Protect Your Invention From Theft When Pitching It
You want to show your invention to potential manufacturers distributors. But how can you do so without risking your intellectual property?
Fair Use: The 4 Factors Courts Consider in a Copyright Infringement Case
How is fair use determined? A court weighs four factors to make its decision.